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Review: Warm And Charming 'The Lunchbox' An Easy Decision At The Cinematic Takeout Counter

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2014 6:20 PM
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The Lunchbox
The staple of any good rom-com is an original, clever meet-cute, and writer/director Ritesh Batra certainly has a good one for his feature debut "The Lunchbox." The missed connection in this picture that winds up bringing two strangers into each other's orbit is a mix-up involving the delivery of the titular lunchbox. It's a familiar practice in India, with housewives (and restaurants) preparing hot meals in the morning, and through a rather impressive system of trains and rickshaws, they get delivered to their husbands at the office, with nary a mistake. At least until Ila's (Nimrat Kaur) steel, segmented canister of naan and curry winds up on the desk of Saajan (Irrfan Khan). And while you might think you can predict what happens next, Batra takes this rather charming set-up and quietly unfolds a film that is by turns both funny and moving, and a potent reflection on life's disappointments and the strength required to move past them.

Watch: Trailer & Clip For Indian Rom-Com Charmer 'The Lunchbox'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 24, 2014 2:25 PM
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The Lunchbox
One of the more interesting and minor controversies of the awards season this year was India's decision to submit the little seen or heard about "The Good Road," instead of "The Lunchbox," the feature debut by Ritesh Batra that spent a good chunk of 2013 on the festival circuit where it earned continual good notices. And not only was the film getting good reviews, it was widely perceived as being particularly accessible too, with the potential of reaching a wider audience than your usual arthouse fare. Awards consideration aside, the movie is still coming, and the first trailer and clip from "The Lunchbox" has arrived.

Sundance Spotlight & Midnight 2014 Lineup Includes 'Only Lovers Left Alive,' Tom Hardy's 'Locke,' 'The Double' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 5, 2013 4:24 PM
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Take a break from checking for flight prices, packing your bags and figuring out who's gonna walk your dog: the folks at Sundance have added to the first wave of titles announced yesterday.

TIFF Review: 'The Lunchbox' A Charming, Moving Cinematic Takeout Treat

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 6, 2013 2:15 PM
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  • 4 Comments
The Lunchbox
The staple of any good rom-com is an original, clever meet-cute, and writer/director Ritesh Batra certainly has a good one for his feature debut "The Lunchbox." The missed connection in this picture that winds up bringing two strangers into each other's orbit is a mix-up involving the delivery of the titular lunchbox. It's a familiar practice in India, with housewives (and restaurants) preparing hot meals in the morning, and through a rather impressive system of trains and rickshaws, they get delivered to their husbands at the office, with nary a mistake. At least until Ila's (Nimrat Kaur) steel, segmented canister of naan and curry winds up on the desk of Saajan (Irrfan Khan).

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